Ski in Vermont Resorts

Vermont Family Ski Vacations

Vermont Family Ski Vacations
Vermont has a number of excellent ski areas for families, which offer challenging slopes for serious enthusiasts as well as gentle ones for beginners and kids just starting out. All the major ones have kids' lessons and clinics, the majority of which are offered to kids beginning at around age 3. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, many of the larger resorts are open year round and offer a variety of summer activities for families.

Here is a list of our favorite Vermont Ski Resorts:

Bolton Valley Resort


Everything is better at Bolton Valley, with an average of more than 300 inches of snowfall each season and a wide range of trails and terrains for all skill levels. With over 60 trails for skiing and snowboarding, you'll have more then enough terrain to carve down the mountain. Several trails are open at night so you can enjoy a few rides under the lights.

Nothing could be more convenient then stepping outside and being right in the middle of it all. Bolton Valley's slope-side inn features 60 traditional hotel rooms as well as studio units and one- and two-bedroom suites. For more spacious accommodations, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condo units are also available. With convenient lodging, get ready to jump on the slopes for a day of skiing and boarding.

After a day full of mountain activities, the family is sure to work up an appetite. Bolton Valley has it all from flatbread pizzas to pub fare at the James Moore Tavern and Italian style entrees at Bailey's Restaurant. For to go sandwiches and last minute supplies visit the full service Bolton Valley Deli & Grocery. If you are looking to take an early morning break on the slopes stop by the ski-in/ski-out Waffle Cabin for mouth-watering waffles and other delicious treats.


Jay Peak in Northern Vermont is a four-season resort that will leave you and your family completely speechless. Get slippin' and slidin' at the year-round indoor water park after a long and strenuous day of carving and turning on the mountain, break your skates in at the ice arena, escape to the championship golf course for a few hours with dad, or experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the East - or do it all!

Jay Peak caters especially well to the kiddies by offering them activities such as summer camp and Ski & Ride School, as well as a daycare and nursery (JayCare) for the younger ones, all of which is free for guests staying on the resort property! There is also a spa to take advantage of and endless dining options perfect for the whole family.


Stretching over six mountains, this extensive ski resort offers families the ultimate winter getaway. With miles upon miles of skiable terrain, Killington Resort features 140 trails, 22 lifts and a 600-acre snowmaking system. The resort's 140 trails are evenly split between easy, intermediate and difficult, with five terrain parks and a 500-foot superpipe along the way.

For a day away from the mountain, museums, local attractions, shopping and entertainment provide families with several other options. A variety of other fun-filled winter activities including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.

Since one size doesn't fit all, families can choose from a mixture of lodges and accommodation sizes. With convenient bridge access to the slopes, Killington Grand Resort Hotel features gorgeous mountain views, hotel rooms, studios and suites. Just a short distance from the mountain, several condos and private homes offer nearby accommodations with full kitchens, fireplaces and spacious rooms. These one-, two- and three-bedroom units offer families some extra space to spread out.

Mad River Glen


Treat your family to an adventurous trip to Mad River Glen, located in Fayston, Vt., where the motto is "Ski It If You Can." It is small enough to evoke that old-school, friendly feel, but also big enough to attract the hardcore, daring skiers.

Families can enjoy reasonable lift ticket prices, ski school, and some fine nearby bed and breakfasts, condos, hotels, motels, and hostels; inns, and private homes all located within the Mad River Valley. Cricket Club Daycare is also available for the little ones that aren't quite ready to start making turns just yet and is located right by the lift so parents can quickly sneak in for a visit before jumping back on the chairlift and heading north.

At the end of each day, families can refuel and rehydrate with a delicious meal at one of the three dining locations located within the resort, or venture off-site to one of the nearby restaurants.

Mount Snow Resort


Offering the best lodging, dining and entertainment, this resort provides a perfect winter escape for avid skiers and boarders. Covering more than 600 acres, this resort features 135 trails, 26 lifts and numerous riding clinics and programs for adults and children. With green, blue, black and double black diamond trails, riders of all ski levels are accommodated.
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